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Fire destroys lodge at Wolf Ridge ski resort

March 26th, 2014 3:47 pm by Tony Casey

Fire destroys lodge at Wolf Ridge ski resort

Photo provided by the Ebbs Chapel Fire Department

MARS HILL, N.C. — A sizable early morning fire at Wolf Laurel Resort left the popular western North Carolina winter destination without its newest lodge.

Nathan Waldrup, assistant chief with the Ebbs Chapel Fire Department, said firefighters received the call for the fire around 1:30 a.m. Wednesday, but they were met with around 3 inches of snow, which sat upon ice, making it difficult for emergency vehicles to get to the fire. He said it was fairly typical for the fire department to fight against the elements in the mountains during this time of year.

After receiving help in the form of salt on the roads from the highway department, Waldrup said, arriving crews found that nothing on the structure was salvageable and it was a “complete loss.”

The cause of the fire was unknown, Waldrup said, but the Madison County Sheriff’s Department was investigating the blaze and the Federal Bureau of Investigation would be arriving this week to help work on the investigation.

Waldrup said firefighters were aided from fire departments from Mars Hill, Jupiter, Barnardsville and Woodfin.

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